Looking for a stay? Whether you’re staying the night or popping in for a drink or a meal, there are plenty of delightful getaways to the peninsula’s hotel restaurants. Here’s a mix of brand new establishments, recent renovations of old favorites and a range of new chefs.
Over the summer, Hotel Citrine opened on the AC Hotel Palo Alto campus near San Antonio Road and Middlefield Road, joining the Marriott Rewards Program’s Tribute Property roster of boutique hotels. Hello.
The Citrine Hotel’s Wild Onion Bistro & Bar complements campus dining options with an inspired farm-to-table menu and full bar. Stop for breakfast or dinner and sample plant-based dishes, comfort food, local wines, craft beer, and handmade cocktails.
Executive Chef Ray Garrow joined the team last month. Garrow’s 30-year career in the hospitality industry includes culinary leadership roles across the country, including with Davidson Hotels and Resorts, Marriott, Sheraton Hotels, Wyndham Hotels and Radisson Hotels. In a statement, Garrow said he aimed to create a “wow factor in the presentation that brings surprise and delight”.
For lunch, munch on crispy oysters or buffalo cauliflower, or try a niçoise salad with seared ahi and Dijon mustard-tarragon vinaigrette, steak frites with herb garlic butter or a mushroom aubergine bolognese with fresh ricotta, mint and black walnuts.
Hotel Citrine, 750 San Antonio Road; 650-424-8991, hotelcitrine.com.
Well received. The Ameswell Hotel opened this summer and draws inspiration from its proximity to Moffett Airfield and NASA’s Ames Research Center, including its full-service Roger Restaurant. Roger offers a bar in the shape of an airplane wing, and the hotel is the first to test the R2-D2 autonomous Servi robot for delivery purposes.
For all the emphasis on technology and innovation, Roger’s menu offerings are decidedly earthy, with regional partnerships with farms, ranches and dairies including The Midwife and The Baker, Mary’s Chicken and the Program Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. With his team, Executive Chef Christian McCallion, formerly of Larkspur Restaurant & Events, offers dishes like roast salmon with saffron, capsicum and dill yoghurt, as well as sandwiches, salads and flatbreads.
Ready to take off? Try the Pineapple Booster Cocktail, made with NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice’s GOAT Fuel Energy Drink. James Beard winner Shelley Lindgren and her husband Greg curate the beverage program which includes unique cocktails, as well as wines from small producers, local craft beers and signature cocktails.
Stop by the Flyby Cafe for a quick and casual coffee, tea, sandwiches and bowls, or head to the outdoor Airstream Bar for snacks.
The Ameswell Hotel, 800 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View; 650-880-1000, themeswellhotel.com.
Savor “fresh California” seasonal cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at this all-inclusive Palo Alto destination, with offerings like fresh smoothies, frittatas, nacho poke, scallop dips, Roasted cauliflower “steak”, beef tenderloin and pan-fried gnocchi. For dessert, there are homemade treats, as well as local favorites like It’s-It Ice Cream sandwiches and Tin Pot Creamery ice cream.
Head to the dining room to see culinary artists at their craft in front of an open kitchen. If you feel comfortable, dine by the warmth of the outdoor fireplace.
Le Clement, 711 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; 650-322-7111, theclementpaloalto.com.
With lush gardens, water features, and cozy details like trains running around themed suites, this boutique hotel is a world away from boxier lodging options. For a great escape, Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant offers locally inspired dishes.
There are entrees to share like chili, lime and sesame chicken wings and ribs with barbecue sauce, mango relish and benne seeds. There are also sandwiches, salads, and fish and chips, plus a breakfast menu of hearty dishes like omelettes, benedicts, pancakes, French toast, and more.
Dinah’s Garden Hotel, 4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; 650-493-2844, dinahshotel.com.
Make a reservation at Quattro for rustic Italian cuisine. From Chef Martín Morelli’s team, enjoy homemade pastas, pizza and flatbread doughs, charcuterie and charcuterie, and more, or grab a drink and small plates to share at the bar. There’s also a kids’ menu, with options of rigatoni, pizza, burger, and tender chicken.
Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto; 650-566-1200, fourseasons.com/siliconvalley.
Formerly under the management of Joie de Vivre as The Epiphany Hotel, Nobu Hospitality recently renovated shared spaces at Nobu Palo Alto, as well as exclusive guest rooms and suites at the hotel adjacent to Hamilton Avenue and Emerson Street. Book the Riyokan Experience for 24-hour butler service, plus priority reservations at Nobu Restaurant.
The restaurant offers varied menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast, find dishes like buttermilk pancakes with miso butter and wasabi-infused maple syrup; avocado toast; or a bento box with black cod, truffle scrambled eggs, nori rice, pickles and miso soup. For lunch and dinner, indulge in nigiri and sashimi, maki sushi, donburi, A5 wagyu and more. At dinner, experience a multi-course omakase menu.
Nobu Palo Alto, 180 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto; 650-798-8396, noburestaurants.com/paloalto/home.
At Rosewood Sand Hill, Madera draws inspiration from Northern California cuisine and emphasizes bold flavors with menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, as well as an extensive menu. wines.
Executive Chef Robert Sulatycky joined Madera last spring, having held executive positions at the Wedgwood Hotel & Spa, Relais & Châteaux, the Four Seasons hotels in Toronto and Chicago, the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Bel Air Hotel, as well only recognition in the world of the Bocuse d’Or. chef competition. This fall, Madera was included in the 2021 Michelin Guide, retaining one star. Inspectors noted dishes such as caviar gougère, kampachi and Flannery’s 14-day-aged New York Strip.
While private dining rooms are temporarily closed to comply with county COVID-19 regulations, outdoor spaces are available for small gatherings in the gardens and patios and on Madera Terrace. In-room dining is also available with Madera Away.
Or slip in for a seasonal cocktail at Madera Bar & Lounge, where there’s a partnership with Hendrick’s Gin. At the Library & Bar, have a glass of wine or beer, or enjoy a fried chicken sandwich or burger and light bites.
Rosewood Sand Hill, 2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park; 650-561-1500, rosewoodhotels.com/en/sand-hill-menlo-park.
The Emerald Bar is the first of three restaurants to open at this new urban resort in Mountain View, near the Googleplex and the Bayshore Freeway. It offers a taste of what’s to come with Iberian-inspired dishes like Spanish charcuterie and Catalan cream, plus exceptional cocktails made with house syrups, tinctures and bitters from a team that includes chef Jarad Gallagher (formerly of Chez TJ) and food and beverage director Justin Rodriguez, who hails from Michelin-starred restaurants. Casual restaurant Broma, café Carte Blanche and gourmet restaurant Belle Terre are expected to follow.
Shashi Hotel, 1625 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View; 650-420-2600, shashihotel.com.
The team at this Woodside Hotel Group property completed a $15 million renovation last spring, and in September general manager Avi Haksar joined the Stanford Park Hotel team, having held senior roles at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts (including the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel in Menlo Park), as well as the Four Seasons hotels in Bangkok and Los Angeles, the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas and the Westin St. Francisco in San Francisco.
Outdoor courtyards, foyers and private spaces at the Stanford Park Hotel have been renovated with al fresco dining in mind. Listen to live music on the patio or sample American fare at The Menlo Tavern for dinner, dessert, and drinks in an atmosphere inspired by college dining clubs.
The dinner menu includes a variety of starters, salads and main courses. On the menu, roasted Brussels sprouts and candied yams accompany a slow-braised pork tenderloin. The Tavern Burger is served with a brioche bun, white cheddar and julienne fries. Bar bites, seasonal and classic cocktails, beers, wines, syrups and much more complete the tavern’s offer. A Thanksgiving menu is also available.
The Stanford Park Hotel, 100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park; 650-322-1234, stanfordparkhotel.com.
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean from Miramontes Point, it’s only fitting that this Ritz-Carlton property offers both sea views and seafood. At Navio, Executive Chef Jakob Esko and his team bring coastal flavors to life local. Head to the Ocean Terrace to warm up by a fire pit, partake in the raw bar and grill, or sip a cocktail, beer or wine by the glass. For Mediterranean-inspired dishes in a beach house-inspired ambiance, head to Le Conservatoire.
Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, 1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay; 650-712-7000, ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/half-moon-bay.
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Sara Hayden writes for TheSixFifty.com, a sister publication to Palo Alto Online, covering what to eat, see, and do in Silicon Valley.